By Henrik Eberle
Among 1925 and 1945 hundreds of thousands of normal Germans of either sexes and every age wrote letters to Hitler. misplaced for many years, a wide cache of those letters used to be lately chanced on within the KGB unique Archive in Moscow, having been carted off to Russia by means of the Soviet mystery Police on the finish of the war.
The letters diversity from gushing love letters - ‘I love you lots. Write to me, please,’ this from a seven-year previous lady named Gina - to letters from lecturers, scholars, clergymen, businessmen and others expressing gratitude for relieving poverty or restoring dignity to the German humans. There are a couple of protest letters and the occasional determined plea to liberate a friend from a focus camp, however the vast majority are confident or even rapturous, laying off clean mild at the nature of the Hitler cult in Nazi Germany.
This quantity is the 1st ebook of those letters in English. It contains a range of the letters and incorporates a contextualizing observation that explains the placement of every author, how the letter was once handled and what it tells us approximately Nazi Germany. The observation additionally describes the bureaucratic techniques that developed to house the correspondence (Hitler by no means learn any of it), which ranged from hot due to referral to the Gestapo.
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Hail! 42 1924-1932 The following pages, which were actually the last ones, explained once again Walter's deeply felt wishes - and the occasion and form of her letter: I have written these pages for you, Adolf Hitler, in order to inform you about the feelings and thoughts of a German woman, and also to say, let woman take part in your work, her part_ The Social Democrats accuse the Nazi Party of wanting to exclude women completely from their work. That should not and must not be true. We used to have a National Mother who as a mother took care of the Fatherland in matters that concern only women, only the maternal.
Today I would like to tell you why many women do not go over to the Nazi Party. [They say:] We cannot vote for Hitler because he is bringing on another period of inflation. It has taken me years to layaway some savings again, and if it should now be lost again, what then? This and similar arguments are made against me. Another woman told me that she had saved a few hundred marks for her sick son, and has to vote for the man who will try to preserve the savings of widows and orphans. I would advise you to see to it that in all electoral speeches it is said that people with small savings will not lose what they have put by when you take office.
Then our work will be easier, because what the public fears in the coming time is inflation. With a 'Hail Hitler' Mrs Luise Cramer The official who read Kramer's letter wrote on it with a green pencil: 'lie about inflation'. She received a letter from Albert Bormann: Dear Mrs Cramer! Your letter of the 7 June was received by Mr Hitler. The lie that the Nazi Party intends to produce inflation or that the latter would result from its taking power, was already systematically spread during the last election campaign by its opponents, and in fact precisely by the parties that are themselves partly to blame for the last inflation.